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 09 Sep 2011
Welcome to Sail-World Canada

Maxi yachts that go bump in the Med and other racing stories!

The Canada's Cup is back in Canada! Congratulations to Grant Hood and Team Vincere for a decisive win this past week-end. I had the opportunity to see the venerable trophy first hand at the Port Credit Yacht Club on Wednesday night, when PCYC members who raced on Vincere, including Olympic medalist Mike Wolfs, were touring the Cup, Stanley Cup style. Well done! Let's hope we can see a return to traditions and a regular Canada's Cup challenge modeled after the original deed in the years to come.

The Mediterranean Mistral has provided for near perfect racing conditions for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup; hosted in beautiful Porto Cervo, on the northern tip of Sardinia, for the past week, this is one of the top European events. Check out our comprehensive report including Ingrid Abery's fabulous images; picture perfect! Perfect that is, until just now when two maxi yachts colliding were captured by Ingrid's keen lens... Ouch!

We can anticipate more action this week-end as the America's Cup World Series take over the city of Plymouth in the UK. Team practices have taken place in rather fresh conditions over the past few days; a good thing as winds of 20 knots are anticipated for the first race tomorrow. Although the nine teams have likely improved dramatically since the first stop in Cascais last month, the Plymouth strong currents and tides will add to the challenge and make up for any boat handling improvement. Should be very interesting to watch; it will be streamed live on the AC YouTube channel again!

The Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships are in Toronto this year. The National Yacht Club plays host to 29 yachts participating in the event; racing started yesterday and carries over to Sunday. The efforts of local Lake Ontario sailor Don Finkle from Youngstown NY, were acknowledges on Wednesday night; Don has to be credited for the popularity of the Beneteau First 36.7 fleets on the Great Lakes; he is racing Seaweed in the event.

Next week also marks the start of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, presented by Rolex. Racing begins on Tuesday in Newport, RI and will match 22 teams in identical Swan 42's; the teams represent yacht clubs from around the world. Canada's skipper Terry McLaughlin from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club team will definitely try to improve their 2009 second place finish at the prestigious event.

On the international offshore scene, anticipation is mounting for the upcoming Transat Jacques-Vabre scheduled for an October 30th start in Le Havre, France followed by an Atlantic crossing to Costa Rica. The event includes the popular names in IMOCA racing, plus the Multi 50 and Class 40 yachts.

Stay safe on the water!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images - An expensive way to plug a hole
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Images from Vincere's victory at the Canada's Cup
Sail-World Canada,
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club member Ed Kita shares some images of Canada's Vincere following their win at the Canada's Cup event last week-end in Holland, Mi.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kora crash images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Illusion and Kora crash images from photographer Ingrid Abery. Coming into the start at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup this afternoon the thirty metre Illusion misjudged the distance and ploughed right into Kora. The crew were thrown across the deck with a few damaged ribs counted, one person in the water and plenty of damage to both boats.... [more]
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Don Finkle Recognized at Beneteau 36.7 North American Opening Event
Greg Nicoll,
The Beneteau 36.7 North American Championship's opening reception was held Wednesday night at the Toronto Downtown Hilton Hotel. The event was hosted by Mike Sonosky and Richard Reid, members of the organizing committee, who had the pleasure of introducing special guest Dr. Leroy McClean, Consulate-General of Barbados – the title sponsor of this year's championship.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Skippers Media Conference Plymouth - Video
Video of opening Press Conference from the second round of the America's Cup World Series in Millbay, Plymouth. Live from Millbay in Plymouth. The nine skippers are introduced to members of the media, facilitated by Annie Gardner (USA) and David Fitzgerald (GBR) .... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series – Close at the top
Barby MacGowan,
Rolex Big Boat Series – If two and three-way ties for first are indicative of heated competition, four classes set the stage in today's opener for some fiery showdowns over the next three days of competition. A total of 81 boats took to San Francisco Bay for the 47th annual event, with seven classes... [more]
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Farr 30 World Championship - Gear busting day 1
Farr 30 Class Association,
Rough ebb-against-tide waves and a constantly building breeze gave an emphatic welcome to the Farr 30 World Championship fleet today in three action-packed races. 8-Ball were literally on fire on the way to the dock! 'We've had some engine issues over the past few days, but we were a little surprised to see flames coming from the battery compartment on the way in,' Louie said.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Emirates Team NZ tests Plymouth Sound
Emirates Team New Zealand took a short test sail in Plymouth on Thursday, in preparation for the opening fleet races of the America's Cup World Series on Saturday. 'We just went out for a quick sail, but it was good,' said wing trimmer Glenn Ashby. 'There is a lot more current and tide than what we experienced in Cascais, so I think that will play a big part in the decision-making process.'... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup's picture perfect mistral
Jill Campbell,
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is just this side of a picture-perfect second day of racing and the provisional overall classification sees Niklas Zennstrom's Ràn 2 (GBR) in the lead in the Mini Maxi class... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Buried up to the wing - Video
Skipper Terry Hutchinson of Artemis Racing talks about 'nose-diving' in the AC45 in fresh conditions on Plymouth Sound.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup challenged by southerners
Jan Harley,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, presented by Rolex, will commence with competition on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 with most of the 22 participating yacht club teams being fresh from racing at the peak of the sailing season in the northern hemisphere.... [more]
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America's Cup: Expanded TV coverage announced
As the AC World Series prepares to make its second stop in Plymouth September 10-18, event organizers today announced that Comcast Sportsnet in the San Francisco Bay area and Viasat Sports in Scandinavia have joined the list of broadcasters carrying the final Sunday winner-take-all event live.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race final entries announced
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race has now announced the final entries for the 2011-12 edition. The race is set to begin its first leg, from Mallorca to Cape Town, on September 25th. In the early summer, 19 teams were officially entered and this number has gradually been reduced to six confirmed entries for the 2011-12 circumnavigation.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Loick Peyron on Energy Team
Energy Team,
Loïck Peyron and the crew of Energy Team have been training since last Thursday in Plymouth Sound, which is famous for hosting the start of the transatlantic race. The French challenger has been through five busy days of training in conditions that have often been quite rough.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup more images from photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series: Hatches battened in Plymouth - Video
On a wet and windy Tuesday, Principal Race Officer John Craig talks about the race course area and his plans for the racing in Plymouth, England, for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, which starts on Saturday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm Racing capsizes in 20kts at Plymouth + Video
America's Cup media,
Green Comm Racing has become the latest member of the 'AC45 capsize club'. As Vasilij Zbogar, helmsman, stated, 'this incident didn't come as a surprise. Conditions were fresh with a southwesterly breeze between 20 and 25 knots, gusting at 30 knots, and we were pushing the boat to her limits throughout the day.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected
Giles Pearman,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the event are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow's scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow... [more]
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The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Mary Devries,
The hotly contested Canada's Cup match race sailing competition concluded today with Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada, winning by an overall score of five wins and three losses over Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, Michigan. The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club awaiting a future challenge from US sailors.... [more]
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Canada's Cup - Day 3
Mary Devries,
The continuation of the highly competitive Canada's Cup match race sailing competition was delayed this morning due to weather. An early morning thunderstorm passed through the area, keeping boats at the dock until noon. Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Michigan and Team Vincere of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Canada both headed out to the race course along with nu... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Slow progress in tough conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – It's tough going for the remaining five boats still racing towards Rio de Janeiro.Strong southerly winds are buffeting the teams, making progress painfully slow and life on board extremely tough. It's the last thing they need after three weeks racing across the Atlantic Ocean when they are physically and mentally exhausted.... [more]
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2011 Mobility Cup final day
John Kernaghan,
Pierre Richard saved the best for last, winning the final two races in Gold Fleet competition in the 2011 Mobility Cup. Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia, who led the Access Liberty Fleet all week, sank to seventh in the second last race on the final day, a result she could discard.... [more]
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Champlain & Erie Canal Closed
Drew Robertson,
Flooding caused by Hurricane Irene has damaged locks and the Champlain & Erie Canals have been closed while a complete damage assessment is carried out. The Scuttlebutt from sailors in the canal is that the damage looks terminals and the canals could be closed down until spring. Canadian sailors heading for warmer clients should check with the NY State Canal Corporation before departing.... [more]
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2011 Canada's Cup Competition - Day 2
Mary Devries,
The Canada's Cup match race sailing competition got underway today on Lake Michigan. This match race sailing competition occurs between the US and Canada. The morning started with brisk winds, which diminished over the course of the day. Team Vincere, of the RCYC holds a 2-1 lead, after today's three races. Racing will continue for the next two days in this best of nine racing series.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship winner Corey Sertl
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Corey Sertl, from Rochester, NY moved ahead of both Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow to win. Corey's daughter Katja Sertl, in her second ever RIWKC, placed eighth and another local sailor, Kiki Werner was fifth. Top international boat went to the Dutch team, skippered by Marieke Poulie in 10th place, and top Canadian team was Sharon Ferris.... [more]
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2011 Canada's Cup Competition - Day 1
Mary Devries,
The first day of the highly anticipated Canada's Cup international match race sailing competition was delayed due to lack of wind. Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club is defending the cup against Team Vincere, representing the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada. Heritage defeated Team Convexity of the Chicago Match Race Center last weekend in the Defender's series.... [more]
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